Last night, President Barack Obama delivered his farewell address to a large audience of supporters in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to talking about race issues, the future of America and his family, the 44th President of the United States of America also gave a touching shout out to his best friend, Vice President Joe Biden.
“To Joe Biden, the scrappy kid from Scranton who became Delaware’s favorite son: you were the first choice I made as a nominee, and the best. Not just because you have been a great vice president, but because in the bargain, I gained a brother. We love you and Jill like family, and your friendship has been one of the great joys of our life,” Obama emotionally said.
After the 74-year-old was finished composing himself, he gave his “brother” a wink and a finger gun, which has become his signature move throughout his eight years in office. After the Internet shed many tears over the thought that this beautiful man would no longer be their VP, they did what they do best in tough situations — created memes! Here are some of the best of the ‘JB finger gun’ meme that came our of BO’s final speech:
2. Gotta let you know you hear him!
4. The final finger gun salute *cries*
5. Surrounded by a bunch of rebels, TBH.
6. ~*true love*~
8. NBD or anything, though…
9. You gotta avoid conversation somehow:
10. PLEASE DON’T LEAVE US!!!!
Here’s how queer YouTubers reacted to Donald Trump’s election:
It's been almost two years since Connor came out as gay to his YouTube family, and ever since then he's been one of the biggest advocates for LGBTQ+ rights. The 24-year-old tried to remain positive in light of the election results, but ultimately is letting himself feel "devastated." He tweeted:
"You are not who you say you are. You are who you show you are. After tonight we need to show the world. The people we ultimately want to be. Today is horrible // tomorrow is hopeful, but in all honestly I'm devastated and just trying to find light."
Like many people, Troye couldn't believe that Donald Trump won the election, especially since he spends a ton of time in the online community.
"We must all live in a bubble online/in our liberalism to have thought this wasn't possible, but it was. This is America. So weird. The world has its work cut out for it, clearly. We must be vigilant and can't stop for a second. Things have to change from the ground up. Democracy is so revealing :/."
Ingrid Nilsen always stays optimistic, even in the toughest of circumstances. The beauty guru tweeted about staying hopeful in this time of uncertainty: "One of the greatest tests we face in life is not getting what we want. But with uncertainty comes space for hope. Nurture it. Keep going."
Tyler was a MAJOR factor in raising awareness and promoting Hillary Clinton during her entire campaign, so you can only imagine how devastated he was to find out she wouldn't be the first female president of the United States.
"Today sucks. Reach out & send support to those in your life who are minorities: today may feel like a deep betrayal by people many thought were allies. You're allowed to mourn; to feel hurt, afraid, confused. You're also allowed to feel inspired to get involved & work toward a better future."
The YouTube star also sent a note directly to the politician saying, "Proud of @HillaryClinton. The majority of Americans believed in her & agreed with her hope for progress. The fight continues. Stay involved."
Rose Ellen Dix
Although Rose isn't American she's still BEYOND angry that people voted for Donald Trump.
"Fantastic. America is being run by a piece of bum fluff who cameoed in Home Alone 2. GREAT! Thanks for F*CKING yourselves and the world! 'Land of the free' is the biggest joke on earth. You've elected a racist who thinks it's acceptable to assault women. He should never have been able to run for president. No one should ever be able to buy their way into power. He doesn't care about you. Well America, I hope you enjoy his values. I've cleared out the spare bedroom... I can take five."
Rosie also spoke out about America's new president, but unlike her wife, she is feeling sad and defeated rather than angry. She wrote on social media, "I'm so sorry to all the people who have woken up scared. Please know you are not alone. We're all scared but we're all with you."
Donald Trump's victory affects Eva both because she's bisexual AND mixed race. "My heart is with people in need right now," she wrote on Twitter. "As a Puerto Rican/mixed girl raised struggling in the lower class, I do not go unmoved. Your life is easy compared to people on the streets and without food. Never forget to keep them in your mind and heart as you make decisions."
Before he went to sleep last night (Trump was the predicted winner at this point), Joey tweeted: "My face has no expression right now. It still hasn't sunk in."
They say you can 'sleep off' a lot of extreme emotions, but this YouTuber wasn't able to. Just a little while ago, he followed up on social media with, "Woke up feeling just as sad as I was falling asleep. Can we cancel today?"
Once Gigi realized the margins were closing in and it was looking like Donald Trump was going to win the presidency, she went from confused to flat-out terrified. Here's what she wrote on Twitter:
"What is going on right now? How is this our reality? Please let this election turn around. OH. MY. F*CKING. GOD."
YEP! That about sums it up.
Like many people, this 30-year-old is allowing herself today to be sad, but then wants to motivate society to do better starting tomorrow.
"This is a reality check. That's all it is. It's a reality check that tells us there is so much more to be done. What this teaches us is that what we WANT to be true, is not yet true. But we can make it true. Mourn tonight. Motivate tomorrow."
Bria Kam & Chrissy Chambers
This gay YouTube couple strongly supported Hillary Clinton throughout her campaign, so when she suddenly lost the presidency the girls were heartbroken, angry, etc.
"We feel so much devastation," they posted on their joint Twitter account. "Know you are loved if you are hurting today. I've never felt sadness like this for our country. Deeply heartbroken and sending love to you. Honestly can't control my emotions today. Random break downs and complete random bouts of anger. Can we fast forward these 4 years."
Cammie, on the other hand, was more scared at the prospect of Trump being president and hoped she would wake up from a "nightmare."
"A Trump victory takes us back decades of progress. This is terrifying. Woke up this morning feeling like last night's election results were just a terrible nightmare.
The YouTube star then encouraged her followers to stick together to make the world a better place: "It's now up to us, the people who really make up this country, not the president, to make our world a more loving and accepting place. Do not let these results take our progress back. We are the ones who can spread change, love, equality and acceptance."
Shannon's reaction to Donald Trump's victory was short and sweet — "Love will always trump hate. Always."